Researching Native American Tribes

A guide to information at the Elmhurst Public Library


We Were Here First (2016) (J 970.3)
This series has individual books on each of several tribes.

Native Nations of North America (J 970.4)
This series has individual books on each of several tribes.

Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (J Ref 970.1 Wal)


The American Indians – Volumes 1-5 (J DVD 970.3 Ame)

Library Databases:

  • Scholastic GO! Information on the 50 states, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories, including maps, history, geography, economy, culture, government, cities, and timelines. For students in grades 4 – 8.
  • History in Context: U.S. A diverse, electronic multidimensional collection of uniquely combined current full-text periodicals, multimedia reference articles and overviews and facsimiles of historic documents.


  • American Memory American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience, from The Library of Congress.
  • Native Languages of the Americas From the website: “Hello, and welcome to Native Languages of the Americas! We are a small non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting American Indian languages, particularly through the use of Internet technology. Our website is not beautiful. Probably, it never will be. But this site has inner beauty, for it is, or will be, a compendium of online materials about more than 800 indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere and the native people that speak them.”